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Hiding Behind Faith

by Bowditch & Dewey on

A reasonable amount of uncertainty, speculation, and even fear is expected with any change. Recently, we have seen a change among states and laws governing child welfare agencies and same-sex adoption....more

North Carolina Legislative Update - March, 2017

by Brooks Pierce on

While various bills made their way through committees and chambers this week, the highlight was the release of Governor Cooper's proposed Budget Recommendations for fiscal years 2017-2018. Secretary Hall Confirmed -...more

Employment Law This Week: Whistleblower Case Dismissed, ADEA Claims, Future Trump NLRB, NY Paid Family Leave

by Epstein Becker & Green on

We invite you to view Employment Law This Week® - a weekly rundown of the latest news in the field, brought to you by Epstein Becker Green. We look at the latest trends, important court decisions, and new developments that...more

Comparing the Clinton and Trump Parental Leave and Childcare Proposals

by Taylor English Duma LLP on

Presidential Candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have each put forward plans for paid parental leave and assistance with the cost of childcare. However, as expected the plans differ significantly. The Clinton Plan is...more

Military Pensions Could See Significant Changes

by Burns & Levinson LLP on

Pending Federal legislation could have a huge impact on how judges will divide military pensions during a divorce. In a previous post, I discussed at length how military pension plans currently could be divided in the context...more

2016 Legislative Changes to Virginia Family Law

by Sands Anderson PC on

The 2016 Virginia General Assembly enacted several changes to statutes relating to family law in the Commonwealth. Those changes are effective July 1, 2016 and include the following...more

It’s STILL Not Too Late to Act!

by Burns & Levinson LLP on

Hi there, I usually take no position on pending legislation but the proposed changes to the alimony law will adversely affect thousands of pre-existing divorce agreements. If you can, please take the time to read this...more

SC Public Policy Update - May 2016 #4

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

What's New - SENATE - The Senate had a busy week working through the Senate calendar and addressing bills returned from the House. The Senate concurred with the House amendments on S. 1035, the “South Carolina...more

New Pennsylvania Bill Makes Spousal Abuse Victims’ Divorce Process Easier

Recently, Governor Wolf signed a bill into law giving spousal abuse victims in Pennsylvania additional rights when pursuing a divorce. This law will become effective in the middle of June 2016. It has been said that, “this...more

It’s Not Too Late to Act!

by Burns & Levinson LLP on

There has been a new development in the recent challenge to the Alimony Reform Act. As a backdrop, the landmark Alimony Reform Act (M.G.L. c. 208, sections 48-55), which went into effect on March 1, 2012, changed alimony...more

SC Public Policy Update - March 2016 #3

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

What's New - SENATE - The Senate spent the week on the floor working on a compromise to S .997, a bill by Senator Lee Bright (R-Spartanburg) that would track refugees that are located in South Carolina. Senators...more

Georgia Weekly Legislative Update - Crossover Day Edition

by Dentons on

The Georgia General Assembly lurched this week past Crossover Day, the expiration threshold for general legislation to pass at least one chamber of the legislature if it is ultimately to land on the governor's desk, and...more

Recent Legislation Brings Rhode Island out of the Past and into the Present in the Area of Adult Guardianships

by Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP on

On July 10, 2015, Rhode Island enacted significant legislation to address the ever-growing reality of incapacitated adults (persons having attained age eighteen) who need a guardian but spend time in more than one state. ...more

North Carolina Legislative Report

by Moore & Van Allen PLLC on

The General Assembly convened for the 2015 legislative session on January 14. Lawmakers returned to Raleigh on January 28 to begin the session in earnest. The MVA Public Affairs Legislative Report on North Carolina will be...more

NC Legislative Update for May 2015 #5

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

This Week - After the House passed their budget last week, the Senate Appropriations Chairs wasted little time beginning their budget process. Individual Senate Appropriations Committees met Wednesday to “review” their...more

North Carolina General Assembly Week in Review

by McGuireWoods LLP on

The Senate started its budget process this week, with a draft schedule being handed out to senators on Wednesday outlining precisely how the General Assembly can have a budget in place and approved by June 30. Distributed at...more

The Supreme Court Weighs The Constitutionality Of Restricting Marriage To Opposite Sex Couples, And The Impact Their Decision May...

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Background - Today, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument on two questions regarding the Constitutionality of state laws limiting marriage to opposite-sex couples. In 2013, the Supreme Court side-stepped the issue...more

Michigan Legislature Adopts Measures to Ease Tensions in High-Conflict Domestic Relations Cases

by Varnum LLP on

High-conflict domestic relations cases create a significant drag on a court's resources through ongoing disputes that range from who is responsible for paying for music lessons through charges of parenting alienation as a...more

Video Interview: Discussing the Ramifications of Extending FMLA Rights to Same-Sex Couples

On Tuesday night, the Alabama Supreme Court ordered the state’s probate judges to stop issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Last month, a U.S. federal judge in Alabama ordered an Alabama official to issue marriage...more

News from Second and State

Gov. Wolf continued to make headlines this week, this time with his activities in and around the judiciary. On Wednesday, the governor and newly-appointed–then-promptly-removed Open Records Director Eric Arneson had their day...more

“Copyright and Marriage Equality Act” Bills Introduced in both the House and Senate

On January 6, 2015, Sen. Patrick Leahy introduced Senate bill 23 entitled the “Copyright and Marriage Equality Act.” The bill would amend Section 101 of title 17 of the United States Code by striking the current definitions...more

7th Cir. Explains What Same-Sex Marriage and Voter ID Have in Common

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

What do cases involving challenges to same-sex-marriage and voter ID laws have in common? The answer, according to a per curiam opinion issued today by a panel of judges from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh...more

More Executive Action on Immigration Reform: Work Authorization For H-4 Spouses

In a new draft rule notable not only for its substantive content but also for the fact that it represents another incremental immigration reform measure undertaken by executive action in lieu of stalled Congressional...more

Bill Updates That Will Make Your Head Spin - Weekly Wrap-Up.

Patent Trolling - The contents of HB 1032 - Patent Trolling have been added to SB 648 - NC Commerce Protection Act and sent to the Senate for a concurrence vote. The new SB 648 now addresses contracts between the NC...more

South Carolina Legislative Update - May 2014

by Moore & Van Allen PLLC on

“Crossover” Complete - The General Assembly’s May 1 “crossover” deadline requires bills to move from one legislative body to the other or require a two-thirds vote for consideration in the receiving chamber for bills...more

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